Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy end-of-summer! Read below for Passage to Dawn series updates, survey results, discounted and free books, and fantastic featured indies.

The Other Magic Updates:

  • The Other Magic e-book reached a milestone of 1 million Kindle Unlimited pages read since publication last December. I recognize that some of the top bestsellers might reach this in half the time, but recalling the excitement I felt at seeing the first 100 pages read and again at 1,000, 1 million seems like an...epic fantasy! (Yes, I know that's super cheesy.)
  • The Other Magic was announced as a runner-up in the Global Ebook Awards for Fantasy/Other World!
  • The Other Magic is performing remarkably well on Audible. This twenty-hour epic is free with a new Audible subscription.

Audiobook price drops to $7.49 USD with a purchase of the e-book.

The Other Way (Book Two) Updates:

  • I'm not quite as far along as I had hoped with the first draft of The Other Way, but my certainty that this sequel will be better than the first continues to grow. I've now reached the apex of several individual story arcs. With only 26% left to write, the end is close at hand!
The Other Way -  Draft 1 Progress
  • You, the readers, have also convinced me to share a snippet from my upcoming release of the series prequel, a short-story titled To Earn the Sash. Be on the lookout for that in the September newsletter. As I've said before, this story features Grobennar, Jaween, and Rajuban, with a few other cameos that I think those of you who have read The Other Magic will especially appreciate. This will also serve as a great introduction to the series for new readers.

Survey results:
The survey results from the last newsletter revealed an overwhelming desire to hear more from...drum roll please...Kyllean. With that, I worked on his POV quite a bit this month and have given you a few more glimpses into his experience within this story. It was also made clear that many of you would like to see more magic and fantastical creatures. I can promise you this story and series as a whole has much more of each and I'm working very hard to bring it to you as soon as possible!

Currently Reading/Listening to:


If I had to name one author that inspires me most, it would be Michael J. Sullivan. His writing is among the best in the business and his humble roots as an indie make everything he has accomplished all the more impressive. Plus, my wife finished this book last month and has been nagging me to catch up! This being the conclusion to his Legends of the First Empire series, I'm already seeing several more connections to Riyria Revelations as well as set the up for his next prequel series that spans the gap. I'm over halfway finished and already turning my lawn into a golf-course with my mower as I look for excuses to listen to more.

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Finally, if you enjoyed, The Other Magic, and have not already done so, please pay it forward by posting an Amazon, Audible, or Goodreads review to help ensure that others like you choose to pursue this adventure. It is also incredibly rewarding and helpful for me to know what you enjoyed about the story! Who was your favorite character? What are you hoping to see in the second book in the series? Anything from a few sentences to a detailed analysis is welcome. Please follow one or both of the below links to leave feedback.

Leave your Amazon review here.
Leave your Audible review here.
Leave your Goodreads review here.

If you're not into leaving reviews, but would like to share your thoughts or ask a question, send me an email.

Thanks again for reading!


Derrick Smythe
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